Come discover the perfect brew!
Looking for a new favorite ale? Whether you are in the mood for a pale ale, IPA, lager, wheat, stout or sour – you are sure to find a multitude of great beers during your time in Sonoma County. Though our area is most widely known for its wine, Sonoma County is also one of the nation’s hot spots for world class, style defining beer. Some well known favorite breweries in Sonoma County include Russian River, Bear Republic and Lagunitas. There are also some smaller production local gems like Barrel Brothers, HenHouse and Third Street Aleworks that you won’t want to miss!
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Established in 2015, Barrel Brothers Brewing Co is a family owned and operated establishment located in Windsor, CA. Their Blonde Voyage, Naughty Hops, and Dark Sarcasm are only available to taste and purchase in select Northern California locations. Barrel Brothers offers a large selection of beer on tap, has live music on select nights, and is staffed by a very welcoming group of people!
From its productions facility in Cloverdale to its brewpub in Rohnert Park, as well as the wonderful years its original location graced downtown Healdsburg – Bear Republic is a household name across Sonoma County and the United States. Beginning like many of our craft breweries in the area, homebrewing and family is where Bear Republic started. Their staff is dedicated to bringing its consumers fresh, never filtered craft beer. Whether it’s Racer 5 or specialty releases, all of their products are carefully crafted to perfection. Special events take place throughout the month at their brewpub too. From bingo to trivia to live music and annual competitions – there is no shortage of reasons to stop into Bear Republic Lakeside!
The success and expansion of this brewery can be seen in their barrel production. HenHouse went from producing 88 barrels of beer in 2013 to 12,000 in 2019! We have a feeling that this number will only continue to rise. The driving force behind this brewery’s creation and prosperity comes from three guys (Scott, Shane and Collin) who each brought their own set of expertise to the table when they joined forces. Brewery tours, outdoor seating, food trucks and a highly knowledgeable and personable staff is what you will find here. Great atmosphere plus great beer – what more could you ask for!
In 1993, owner and creator Tony Magee began his Lagunitas journey. From his home stovetop to an old storage shed in Forest Knolls, California (right next to the town of Lagunitas), Tony started expanding on what he could do with brewing. After discovering his passion for IPA’s, he soon grew out of the space he was in and moved to the original brew house we all know and love in Petaluma, CA. Following its Petaluma opening, Lagunitas became one of the fastest-growing craft breweries in the United States. And in 2013, Lagunitas ranked as the fifth top selling craft brewery in the nation! Though no longer considered a craft brewery since Heinkenen’s involvement and expansion of the company in the years to follow, Lagunitas still continues to produce high quality IPAs.
If you find yourself in Windsor or Santa Rosa, you have to make a pit stop at the Russian River Brewing Company. This brewery is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. You may have tasted or heard of their famous Pliny the Elder! Their Windsor location is a convenient spot for Honor Mansion guests and has plenty of room to host! The building can accommodate 190 guests with 2 bars, has fireplace seating for 16, a beautiful open kitchen and a large outdoor dog-friendly beer garden. The facility is also equipped with a gift shop and offers both guided and self-guided tours. We highly recommend checking this brewery out while in Sonoma County!
Third Street Aleworks was one of the first local brewpubs in our area, opening in 1995. It is conveniently located near Russian River Brewing Company’s Santa Rosa location. Making it the perfect stop for those who are interested in visiting multiple breweries in one day! Their beer list is broken down into three categories: Standard, Occasional, and Specialty. Due to the fact that this brewery produces each of their products in small batches, their beer list typically changes several times per week! This allows for the chance to try something new every time you visit! We love that some of their standard brews are named after local Sonoma County areas like the Bodega Head IPA and the Annadel Pale Ale too. Keep up with their current beer flights, new food menus, and special events on their social media!
Rest and Relax at Honor Mansion
Return to your comfortable and luxurious room at Honor Mansion after a fun filled day of beer tasting! Our selection of Mansion Rooms, Suites and Cottages, and Vineyard Suites gives you access to all of our premium resort amenities. Honor Mansion’s location makes it the perfect home base for exploring Sonoma County. If you’re looking for a vacation free of planning, contact our complimentary concierge service. Our professionally trained staff can plan dinners and activities. After all, it’s time for you to enjoy your vacation — not worry about planning it.
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